Vermicella multifasciata (LONGMAN, 1915)
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Northern Bandy Bandy|
|Synonym||Furina multifasciata LONGMAN 1915: 30|
Vermicella multifasciata — COGGER 1983: 240
Vermicella multifasciata — COGGER 2000: 696
Vermicella multifasciata — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Vermicella multifasciata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 785
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)|
Type locality: Port Darwin, N. T.
|Types||Holotype: QM J2019|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Vermicella multifasciata can be differentiated from V. annulata, V. intermedia, and V. vermiformis by the higher number of body and tail bands and the thinner relative body width. V. multifasciata can be differentiated from V. annulata, V. snelli, and V. vermiformis by condition of the internasal scales (absent in V. multifasciata and V. intermedia). V. multifasciata has much thinner black and white bands than V. annulata, V. snelli, and V. intermedia, and bands slightly thinner than V. intermedia. See Figs 4-6 for interspecific comparisons in these characters (Keogh & Smith 1996).|
Variation: Two of the five V. multifasciata specimens display body and tail bands which completely encircle the body, whereas the other specimens display a mottled black and white pattern on the ventral surface (Keogh & Smith 1996).
|Comment||Vermicella multifasciata is restricted to those specimens from the Darwin area that display exceptionally high numbers of, and very thin, body bands.|
|Etymology||Apparently named after the large range in ventral scale number, band number, and band width.|
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